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Learning Joomla! 1.5 Extension Development: Creating Modules, Components, and Plugins with PHP Paperback – June 12, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing; 1st edition (June 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847191304
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847191304
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,020,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Joseph L. LeBlanc started with computers at a very young age. His independent education gave him the flexibility to experiment and learn computer science. Joseph holds a bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems from Oral Roberts University. Joseph is currently a freelance Joomla! extension developer. He released a component tutorial in May 2004, which was later translated into French, Polish, and Russian. Work samples and open-source extensions are available at www.jlleblanc.com. In addition to freelancing, he is a board member of the DC PHP Conference. He has also worked as a programmer for a web communications firm in Washington, DC.

Customer Reviews

This book doesn't demonstrate much beyond what you can get from the demo's online already.
Gary A. Mort
I would recommend this book for ANYONE beginner to expert if you are interested in learning or developing extensions for the best CMS out there.
Cory D. Wiles
I imagine an expert wouldn't need this tutorial, but if you're familiar with PHP and mySQL, and you want to build some Joomla!
Bob

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gary A. Mort on October 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
At half the cost of a comprehensive book, I expected a good bit of detail on development.

This book doesn't demonstrate much beyond what you can get from the demo's online already. And it doesn't provide any hidden gems of knowledge or tips of any sort.

All in all, a disappointment and a waste of money
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rudolf Jan Heijink on July 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
At first sight this book looks great. It is concise and gives a good introduction from the start to build Joomla extensions. It does not waste pages explaining how to program in SQL and PHP. You are supposed to have mastered that. The book has a major weak point. For the main part it just shows lots of code, but does not explain anything about the API classes and how they relate. After reading the book and trying to create your own extension, it feels like you have not understood anything really.

A second drawback is that the author seems not to bother about testing the sample code. It contains several very obvious bugs, eg using a functou JOutputFilter instead of JFilterOutput. This is annoying.

Summarized, the book may give you a small start but is insufficient for seriuous development. The sad thing is that the official Joomla documentation is in a very alpha stage of development.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jimbo on February 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
I certainly agree with those who said this book is way too sparse, weighing in at 176 non-packed pages. For the same audience this book is intended for I would instead recommend "Professional Joomla" by Dan Rahmel. It covers the same material plus a great deal more and it costs less money. It even gives more explanation and examples of building components, modules, and plugins, things "Learning Joomla" is supposed to focus on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scott Christensen on June 3, 2008
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As the publish date shows, this book was brought to market quite a while before J!1.5 was code complete. I don't know if it's that or if the developer was too used to 1.0 development (there is a dramatic difference) but either way, this book co-mingled 1.0 and 1.5 development practices too much, and just basically glanced over the entire MVC architecture that was built into the 1.5 release of J! I'm a little disappointed as I was expecting more, being a fan of Leblanc, his knowledge and helpfulness in Joomla related things.

For your money, you are much better off purchasing 'Mastering Joomla! 1.5 Extension and Framework Development' by James Kennard. It has helped me immensly in understanding the new J! framework and APIs.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bob on September 9, 2007
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I imagine an expert wouldn't need this tutorial, but if you're familiar with PHP and mySQL, and you want to build some Joomla! components, this is by far the most comprehensive resource that I've found.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sem Hadland on January 29, 2009
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The content in this book is so hard to understand that you will save money and time finding the same information online.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Carlos Pravia Jcamo on October 14, 2007
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I expect a more comprehensive approach from this book, including a very good review of the new Joomla 1.5 API, and deep suggestions to build better components, modules and plug-ins for this CMS.

But my expectations were not fulfilled. God book, but not so good.

If you have no experience building/maintaining components for Joomla, this is a good start, but if you are an experience developer looking for god reference and fresh information, maybe this book will be incomplete for your purposes.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stefano G. on February 16, 2008
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I am an experienced PHP/MySQL programmer and I am going to switch to Joomla! very soon as I think that it could save me a lot of work on dynamic sites where customers need to add/modify very often contents and articles.

Well, of course Joomla! default content (articles) layout and behaviour will not fit any customer need and so I'd need to develop my own custom extensions: this is how this book comes in help!

I have been able to develop my own custom component (with rich editor, sorting, publish/unpulish, categories handling features) in three days following the book recommendations.

Yes the book is quite thin and the price is not very adequate, but its content is pure gold! clear, concise and very useful.
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